Bergson-Deleuze Encounters: Transcendental Experience and the Thought of the Virtual

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Bergson-Deleuze Encounters: Transcendental Experience and the Thought of the Virtual

Bergson-Deleuze Encounters: Transcendental Experience and the Thought of the Virtual (SUNY Series in Contemporary French Thought by Valentine Moulard-Leonard
English | 2008 | ISBN: 079147531X | 197 Pages | PDF | 602.58 KB

Bergson-Deleuze Encounters sheds light on the intricate bond between French philosophers Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. It explores the major diffraction between the two thinkers, conveys a sense of the irreducible originality of Deleuze's thought, and offers a detailed account of Bergson's "Copernican Revolution." In so doing, it presents an explanation of thought and experience that contrasts with the dominant account of the phenomenological tradition. Valentine Moulard-Leonard argues that Bergson and Deleuze share a novel conception of the transcendental--which they call the Virtual--that marks a new era in thinking, in which what is ultimately at stake is a new vision of time, experience, and materiality. The Virtual provides an indispensable alternative to the totalizing systems spawned by the traditional transcendent image of thought--be they systems of idealism, scientific positivism, nationalism, racism, sexism, or dogmatism.